When you hear the word "periodontal," you probably think about your gums. There is more to it than that. It refers to the whole support system that is around your teeth. If you want to have healthy teeth, you need to take care of your teeth's support system as well. Here at Atlantic Dentistry, we will do our part when you come in for your appointments. You need to do your part at home as well. Here are some suggestions for periodontal maintenance, what you can do, and how we can help as well.
Good Habits Are the Key
You cannot have poor dental habits and expect your mouth and your teeth to be healthy. Taking care of your teeth needs to be a habit. What you eat makes a large difference when it comes to periodontal maintenance. You need foods that are good for you. Junk food is not only bad for your body; it is bad for your teeth and your gums. You can have the occasional treat or splurge, but make sure that you brush as soon as you can afterward, especially if you ate something high in sugar. You do not want to leave sugar in your mouth. You know that brushing is important, but you may not realize that it is more than that. Brushing is essential for your periodontal maintenance. This is the best way to remove sugar and the other things that are still in your mouth after you eat. It would help if you brush your gums and your tongue as well. Use a toothbrush with a soft head; harder bristles can damage your gums. Using dental floss at least once a day is another tool to help you to fight periodontal disease. Floss gently because you can hurt your gums if you are forceful. Add mouthwash to your routine if you do not use it already. Mouthwash can rinse your mouth, as well as kill bacteria that could otherwise lead to gum disease. If you chew gum, it needs to be sugar-free. If you cannot brush after you eat, chewing gum can help to clean your teeth so it may not be a bad idea. Regular appointments at our office are a must. When you come in to see us, tell us about any issues that you might have had concerning not only your teeth but also your gums. If your gums have been bleeding, do not wait for your scheduled appointment, come to see us right away. We will do our part with your periodontal maintenance. We will clean your teeth, but your gums will be cleaned as well. We will also check for problems that you may not be aware of.
Even if you follow all of these steps, you still could have issues with your gums and the tissue around your teeth. That is why you need to call us here at Atlantic Dentistry if you have a problem or anything seems out of the ordinary. Our number is 904 717-0335. Do not put off that call.